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Don't businesses have to work around your schedule if you're part-time?

I am a part-time worker at a local grocery store chain as a customer service clerk/bookkeeper. I work full-time hours (35-40 hrs. a week) but get no benefits whatsoever. My problem is that the head bookkeeper makes the schedule for me and my associates (4 girls in total, including her), which a manager is really supposed to make. I feel she is unfairly making the schedule to cater to her and another associate; causing me to always be the closer on the weekends. I have not had a day off on the weekend in a few months. The head bookkeeper recently just had Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off in one weekend. I am planning to look into old schedules and make a note of all this. Since when do jobs allow full-time employees to pick their own schedule? I have had managers tell people, myself included, that even though we are part-time, we cannot have certain days off. Is it just me, or are things ass-backwards here? Do I have a legit reason to bring this up?

Asked By: Tears Dry On Their Own - 6/4/2007
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First, it seems like you are working full time, and it also seems like you have a fairly regular schedule. Full timers usually do not have preference for their schedule, but I would be interested to see if they usually have the same hours... More
Answered By: brainbabble - 6/4/2007
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I think you are right for the most part. You can tell her that you need certain days off and she can make the schedule around that. Start saying you need some weekends off b/c you are going out of town, etc... she can assign one of the other girls during that time. Don't let your boss take advantage of you! They... More
Answered By: nanerpud - 6/4/2007
 
Get the past several weeks' schedules or keep a record of the ones that are coming up and make an example of them to you manager in private. Let them know you want fair share in scheduling and see what they say. If they pass the buck and say that so-and-so is responsible for scheduling, make an appointment with your... More
Answered By: tabulator32 - 6/4/2007
 
No, they don't have to work around your schedule, if they do then your very lucky. It seems your manager is not being to fair with you. I would bring up the scheduling conflicts to her, and tell her you would like to request an opening shift on the weekend of even have one weekend off a month. If she cant do that for... More
Answered By: askdebb - 6/4/2007
 
The utlimate opt out is to find another job if you do not like how you are being treated. Unless there is something that was agreed upon and put in writing at the time of hiring, employers are not obligated to adjust the entire world for it to fit your schedule. Life is not fair, but it is life.
Answered By: PK - 6/4/2007
 
As for your rights to have an agreeable schedule, I think you are out of luck. A business can give the authority to anyone to make any schedule if they want. If the upper management is happy with this situation, there is nothing you can do about it. If they are unaware of what is going on, it wouldn't hurt to let... More
Answered By: prothenb - 6/4/2007
 
Whether you work part or full-time in a retail job, scheduling is based on the need of the employer. Some will require part-time employees to be available everyday. Most will make allowances for persons who are only available on certain days/hours... More
Answered By: limendoz - 6/4/2007
 
There is no 'law' about when they schedule you to work. If you're new, you're going to work the worst schedule as you have not earned enough seniority to pick your own schedule. Employers offer you the hours they want their employees to work - if you don't like it you'd probably have to quit... More
Answered By: michael_white2 - 6/4/2007
 
for your edification.. there is a thing called the O E O.. office of economic opportunity.. they are the ones to call and complain to.. they are a federal office and one of their jobs is to protect you from being abused or cheated.. call them and tell them what is going on.. there is one in your city.. if you get... More
Answered By: J. W. H - 6/4/2007
 
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